Collision Repair News

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Volume 3 of the Ford 2017 On Target publication is now available. Features of the issue include the introduction of the new Expedition and Navigator, highlights of the Lincoln Continental, and a fixed glass removal procedure. Let’s take a look at this this edition.


Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the sensor to function properly.

Some OEMs have warnings against making repairs in front of sensors/cameras or a certain distance from the sensors/cameras. However, many times there is also a list of other items that can block the sensor/camera view. Let’s take a look at some common things or materials that can interfere with the parking assist system.


You’ve been asking and now all of the I-CAR 360 videos are in one convenient location. Let’s take a look at what you’ll find in each video.


An article by Collision Repair Mag, from October 19, 2017, brings to light an IIHS study that proves that there is no margin for error when it comes to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Calibration is important, but if the parts that are being used are not manufactured correctly, the ADAS can be affected. Let’s take a look at how ADAS can be affected.


The Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team has put together a series of videos highlighting each area of the RTS portal. These videos are designed to help educate you on the types of information you will find in each area. Let’s take a look at the OEM Calibration Requirements Search page.


BMW’s latest generation of the X3 has undergone some major changes, including a 121 pound drop in weight. Repairer Driven News posted an article highlighting many of the changes to the new model. Let’s take a look at some of these changes.


Mazda has updated their repair information website at www.mazdaserviceinfo.com This new website changes how to find the collision repair information you need.


The Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team has put together a series of videos highlighting each area of the RTS portal. These videos are designed to help educate you on the types of information you will find in each area. Let’s take a look at the Collision Repair News page.


As of 2007 federal law required that vehicles be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Most vehicles have a TPMS sensor located in tire that senses and reports the pressure of each tire. However, Honda has done away with this system on some of their models. Let’s take a look at this other system and what we need to know about it.


Mazda’s position statement can now be accessed directly from the I-CAR RTS Portal. These position statement are housed on the Mazda OEM Information page. Let’s take a look at what the position statement includes.


You’ve been asking us if Honda/Acura allows weld-on pins, washers, and tabs on outer body panels. Through our I-CAR linking pin activity, we reached out to Honda/Acura for the answer. Let’s take a look at their response.


We have been receiving many questions on the Ford/Lincoln workshop manual requirement to replace fixed glass. So, we asked Ford/Lincoln for clarification and they have now updated their repair manuals. Let’s take a look.


The Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team has put together a series of videos highlighting each area of the RTS portal. These videos are designed to help educate you on the types of information you will find in each area. Let’s take a look at the OEM Information page.


The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked, what is required when replacing a windshield? With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from various OEMs. Let’s see what Tesla has to say.


Through the I-CAR Linking Pin activity, the Honda Job Aid: Aiming Driving Support Systems is now available on the RTS site.